I had J-1 exchange visitor HomeStay requirement from 2004 (US Government funds administered by IREX, Feb-June 2004). I am currently on another J-1 (PhD program) without HomeStay requirement from Aug 2004 - April 2015. During 2004 - 2011, I frequently went back to my home country Russia to spend 24 months of HomeStay rule. At this moment, I have 50 days left to spend in Russia. One year ago, I married a US born citizen who is an insulin dependent diabetic since his childhood. He had a heart attack in 2005 and also has other health issues. He has been disabled since 2005. Time by time, his blood sugar drops too low and he gets unresponsive. Since 2006, when we started live together, I called 911 four times to bring him back to life. In spite of his condition, I traveled to Russia many times and spent weeks there to satisfy my home stay requirement. After his last emergency room stay, I realized that he can simply die without having someone who can watch him on everyday basis. I think to apply for a Waiver (I-612) based on hardship for my US spouse. I am planning to request my husband's doctor to write a letter that he cannot control his blood condition and he cannot fly for 10 non-stop hours to Russia. Medical service in Russia is not developed. People can wait for an ambulance for 2 hours. I do not know if I would need to prove this somehow. Question 1: How do you assess my chance to get my I-612 approved? Question 2: Is it helpful that I already spent 22 of 24 months in my home country traveling there between semesters at my US university? I heard that depending on the length of my each trip to Russia, it may not be seen as "residing" in home country. Question 3: What is considered as "residing" in home country? I spent from 4 - 6 weeks every time when I traveled to Russia. While staying in Russia, I had many professional activities: I brought American faculty and students for the conferences, exchange programs, I conducted trainings at schools and universities in Russia, I was paid for my work there by Russian organizations. Should I provide evidences of my activities in Russia to show that I contributed to the initial program that was funded by the US government? Thank you.